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2021 Pulitzer Prizes

The winners of the 2021 Pulitzer Prizes have just been announced.  Check out the winners (and finalists) in the categories of fiction, history, general nonfiction, biography, and poetry from our collection.
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Celebrate Loving Day for Adults

Celebrate Loving Day by checking out novels featuring stories of interracial love. "The “Loving” in Loving Day is actually the last name of Mildred and Richard Loving. The Loving Day Story begins when they were arrested for being married in 1958 because they were an interracial couple living in Virginia.
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Get Outdoors: Learn More About Plants

Time to get outside and go on an adventure! Here are a list of books to help you explore your surroundings. Learn more about plants and even go on a foraging trip!
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Celebrate Loving Day for Tweens & Teens

Celebrate Loving Day by checking out novels featuring stories of biracial teens & tweens or interracial first love. "The “Loving” in Loving Day is actually the last name of Mildred and Richard Loving. The Loving Day Story begins when they were arrested for being married in 1958 because they were an interracial couple living in Virginia.
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Celebrate Loving Day for Families

Celebrate Loving Day by sharing stories of families brought together by love. "The “Loving” in Loving Day is actually the last name of Mildred and Richard Loving. The Loving Day Story begins when they were arrested for being married in 1958 because they were an interracial couple living in Virginia.
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SC Picture Book Award Nominees 2021-2022

Since 1976 when sixteen schools participated, the South Carolina Book Award program created by the South Carolina Association of School Librarians has expanded to include almost 64,000 participating students. The program includes a vetting process for each of the four levels of books:  Picture Book, Children's, Junior and Young Adult.  
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SC Junior Book Award Nominees 2021-2022

Since 1976 when sixteen schools participated, the South Carolina Book Award program created by the South Carolina Association of School Librarians has expanded to include almost 64,000 participating students. The program includes a vetting process for each of the four levels of books:  Picture Book, Children's, Junior and Young Adult.  
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SC Children's Book Award Nominees 2021-2022

Since 1976 when sixteen schools participated, the South Carolina Book Award program created by the South Carolina Association of School Librarians has expanded to include almost 64,000 participating students. The program includes a vetting process for each of the four levels of books:  Picture Book, Children's, Junior and Young Adult.  
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Middle Grade books #ToImmigrantsWithLove

Immigrant Heritage Month is a time to reflect and honor the contributions that immigrants have made to our communities across the country and their integral role in the American story.  
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Young Adult books #ToImmigrantsWithLove

Immigrant Heritage Month is a time to reflect and honor the contributions that immigrants have made to our communities across the country and their integral role in the American story.    
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2020 Bram Stoker Awards

This year's winner is The Only Good Indian by Stephen Graham Jones Check out all the nominees...
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2020 Nebula Awards

The 2020 Nebula Winner is Network Effect by Martha Wells Check out all the nominees...
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Read All About It: Children's Books Featuring Muslim Characters

Take a look at the titles below to learn more about the Muslim religion and to read captivating stories about the Muslim Experience. Looking for even more good books?  Check out our personalized recommendations or call us at 803-799-9084. Find more resources on race, equity, and inclusion, here.
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Read Proudly!

Celebrate Pride Month by reading these books by members of the LGBTQ+ community. 
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Read All About It: Dinosaurs & Fossils

Dig into these books all about dinosaurs and fossils.  Discover how we learned about dinosaurs from their bones and what they left behind.  Find out about paleontologists like Mary Anning and Barnum Brown.   Looking for even more good books?  Check out our personalized recommendations or call us at 803-799-9084. 
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Romantic Beach Reads

Fall in love this summer!  Enjoy this list of Romantic fiction that's great for your Beach getaway!❤️🤟💕
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Historical Beach Reads

Get lost this summer, and travel back in time!  Enjoy this list of Historical fiction that's great for your Beach getaway! 🌊⛵🏖️
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#OwnVoices: Say Her Name

In this YA non-fiction, Elliot graced us with a beautiful collection of poetry that showcased the intersectionality of being black and a woman.

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Up Lit: The Hug You Didn't Know You Needed

For every mood or emotion there is a book to match - and sometimes you just need a good hug from the story you're reading. Here are some titles to help you feel cozy and cared for when you're feeling a bit blue.

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7 New Books for June

This month's titles include safecrackers, con men, and jinn!

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CSMCL's Best Multicultural Children's Books of 2020

The following books were all named in the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature's Best Multicultural Children's Books of 2020 . This list offers a variety of picture books, novels, and nonfiction for children and teens. Want more books?  Ask your librarian for their recommendations or call the Children's Room at Richland Library Main (803.929.3434).  We can send books to your closest Richland Library location.   
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Independent Press Biography

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these biographies This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: New Press Biography

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these biographies from New Press.  This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.  
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Games, Gamers, Gaming: Nonfiction Works About Games and the People Who Love Them

If you're like me, you grew up surrounded by video gaming, which led to a lifelong passion for interactive experiences. This collection of works are all about games, and the people like us who love them dearly. From narrative nonfiction about arguably the most influential game of the 1990s, to a deep dive on the culture of contemporary game design, these picks will surely satisfy any gamer (or nongamer's) curiosity.
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Manga About Creating Manga

Feeling meta? Manga stories about making manga can take you deeper into an artist's life, showing how masters of the craft became creative titans. They can also comment on the comics industry, winking at titles and tropes that fans recognize. These manga tend to be a bit of both, sharing the highs and lows of the illustrated life.
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Chiller-Thriller Reads to Beat the Heat

Ready to enjoy some of the heat of the Summer, with a hint of fun? Check out these riveting and thrilling books that are guarantee to take you on a ride. Enjoy!🤪
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Goodreads Summer Reading List - JUNE 2021 releases

Join in on the fun with Goodreads Summer Reading list. Check out June 2021's book releases. Grab a copy, and get ahead of the heat that's following these top Summer Reads!! 🔥🔥🔥
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LibraryReads for June 2021

Each month, LibraryReads lists the top upcoming titles recommended by librarians across the country.  All these books will be published in June 2021, so stay ahead of the curve and get on the holds list now!
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Life is Hard, Romance is Fluffy

Over the past year, I've seen an increased interest in romance novels. This makes absolute sense given how challenging 2020 has been for all of us, to say the least. Oftentimes, books serve as a comfort and refuge--a metaphorical fluffy blanket, if you will--especially when it comes to romance. Readers are often drawn to romance due to the formulaic nature of the genre. There's going to be a couple, there will be conflict and tension, but of course they're gonna get together!
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Vikings and Norse Mythology For Teens

Stories featuring vikings and Norse mythology usually feature epic battles, magic runes, and trickster gods. Forget horned helmets and Avengers, these books spin new tales from history and folklore of long ago.
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YA and Middle Grade Reads to Celebrate National Foster Care Month

National Foster Care Month has been observed during the Month of May in the United States since 1988 when President Ronald Reagan recognized  May as a month to show appreciation and gratitude to foster parents across the nation. The purpose of National Foster Care Month continues to evolve based on the needs of the time. For example, in 2019, the theme for National Foster Care Month was "Foster Care as a Support to Families, not a Substitute for Parents."
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Travel Writing, Classic to Contemporary

As summer approaches and public health restrictions are eased, the prospect of travel, long denied for many, beckons invitingly.  If you are not quite ready to plan a trip yet, consider some of the best that travel writing has to offer, from classics like William Bartram’s exploration of the Southeast in the 1770s to the latest from best-selling travel writer/novelist Paul Theroux.  The following list leans heavily toward the literary travel-writing end of the spectrum (no Fodor’s or Rick Steves guides here).  Only one title per author is included, although several, such as Ther
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Art Representing Asian American, Pacific Islanders

Graphic novels and manga, with the aid of movies and anime, have been great ways to bring cultures together.  Here is a list of some of my favorite titles with AAPI characters and artists.  Looking for more? Check out our personalized recommendations here or call us at 799-9084.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Akashic Noir

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these Akashic Books titles. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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10 Books for Graduates

When the confetti falls and the celebration ends, what is next? Check out these helpful and inspiring titles as you enter a new chapter of your life. 
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Picks from Reese's Hello Sunshine Book Club 🌞

Check out these selections from Reese Witherspoon's popular book club.  The June 2021 pick is Seven Days in June by Tia Williams Reese's Spring YA Pick is Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Local Presses

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these titles from regional presses.  This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Mysteries from Soho Press

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these mysteries from Soho Press. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Independent Press Mysteries

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these mysteries. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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Read All About It: Asian & Asian American Biographies for Children

Celebrate the amazing accomplishments and stories of Asians and Asian Americans of yesterday and today, by reading the wonderful and powerful titles below.  Looking for even more good books?  Check out our personalized recommendations or call us at 803-799-9084. Find more resources on race, equity, and inclusion, here.
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Ladies Get Paid (and other new business books you might enjoy)

Check out these business and finance books recently added to our collection.  Popular titles include Ladies Get Paid, a manifesto on workplace equality by Claire Wasserman, and Black, White, and The Grey, a memoir by Mashama Bailey and John O.
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Celebrating National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month, and although it may strike you as something that was only recently adopted, it has actually been observed since 1956.

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Lower Richland Staff Picks

Lower Richland is Richland Library's newest location, located in Hopkins! Here are some staff picks to help get to know us better:
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#OwnVoices: Between the World and Me

Angry. Scared. Tired. These are only a few of the words to describe how the Black community is feeling right now and how it has felt for the past four hundred years.

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The Profound Poetry in 'The Prophet'

There are twenty poems on topics such as Love, Marriage, Children, Giving, Joy and Sorrow, Work, Laws, Freedom, Friendship, Teaching, Pain, Crime and Punishment, and much more. Each poem is simple yet sublime with a mystical message.

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LibraryReads for May 2021

Each month, LibraryReads lists the top upcoming titles recommended by librarians across the country.  All these books will be published in May 2021, so stay ahead of the curve and get on the holds list now!
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Our Vulnerable Democracy: Past, Present and Future

One of the many things that we learned in the year 2020 is that democracy is a fragile thing.   How do we as regular citizens combat white supremacy?  How do we go about demanding that the institutions that are the foundation of our democracy and government be fairer and actually represent all of us and not just some of us? 
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Herbal Medicine fiction

As we cultivate our gardens and spruce up the place, why not entertain yourself with some herbal medicinal reads? Fiction, of course! Let's take a break from the dust, dirt, and heat. Time to grab a glass of ice cold lemonade, tea, or infused water and add just a hint of herbal fun to the mix.   
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Are There Limits to Human Creativity? (Philosophical fiction)

A list of 30 top philosophical reads--included with these selections are various formats (eAudio, eBook, Blu-Ray or DVD, & Standard or Large print).  Enjoy your journey with these philosophical fiction novels that will make you think and analyze the conditions and nature of humans, and maybe gain a different perspective. Some of these titles have been made into motion pictures or turned into TV shows. Feel free to decide if there are limits to human creativity...
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Herbal Guides from the Ground Up

Great Weather!  Awesome Temperatures! Spring Cleaning! Now, How About Your Garden? Dig into These Books to Get Your Herbs Up and Growing.
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Batter Up for the Next Season of Baseball

Whether you watch on TV or attend the games in person, it's time to gear up and get your head back in the game. There's a mixture of books, videos, and eOption material for spectators and the aspiring/training athlete. Batter UP!
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Inspiration for Spring Cleaning

Need a lot of pick-me-up this year to kick off your Spring cleaning? Try some of this titles to inspire your creative cleaning flow!   NEXT STOP:   
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#OwnVoices: Creating space: A Black Women's History of the United States

A Black Women's History of the United States is a critical survey of black women's complicated legacy in America, as it takes into account their exploitation and victimization as well as their undeniable and substantial contributions to the country since its inception.

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Biographies and Novels that Explore the Arab American Experience

Let’s take the time to celebrate the history, contributions, and culture of the diverse population of Arab Americans. Arab Americans have roots in 22 countries located in the Middle East and North African regions and within all those countries, there are various languages, religions, traditions that are now part of the American story. Explore their stories though verse, memories, and more.     
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Recent Magical Realism

When you need a stretch of the imagination, a break from mainstream fiction and predictable mysteries, and like books that are a little weird but not too weird, give one of these newer magical realism releases a try. 
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Poets I Have Heard (and Several Others I Wish I Had)

In truth, I have heard only three of the poets whose works appear in the following booklist.  But there is something priceless about the experience of hearing poets read their own words.

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Jazz Appreciation Month: Women in Jazz

Jazz is a male dominated field, but women have contributed significantly since it began.  Most of the women of Jazz that are well known to most of us (especially those of us who are not aficionados of the genre) do tend to be the vocalists, rather than the instrumentalists.  Here is a list of books, music and film to help you learn more about both.
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Dinner Table Talks: A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart

Dinner Table Talks create the opportunity for families to have important conversations centered around books. These discussions will build our capacity for talking about race and define our roles in fighting against both every day and systemic racism.

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Read All About It: African American Experiences in Poetry

"for there is love inside me true love deep down inside of me I am in love with my people"-- A Place Inside of Me:  A Poem to Heal the Heart by Zetta Elliott   These #OwnVoices collections, picture books and novels for older readers explore themes of community and connection, family and faith, racism and resilience.  These books give poetic voice to African American experiences and history and should be read and shared by everyone.  
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021 - Antihero's and Villains as the protagonist

Do you believe there's always an "other" side to each story?  Well here they are. Read some titles that talk about the perspective of the villain or an antihero. Some are tricksters and some are downright murderers. All are darkly enjoyable.   Learn more about the Broader Bookshelf challenge and see more lists here.
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5 Great New Titles for April

Get on board! This month's picks include strange train rides and angsty young women.

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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: New Press Poetry

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these books of poetry from New Press.  This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.